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Two MU Faculty Members Inducted into Mizzou Chapter of National Academy of Inventors

Dr. James Cook and Dr. Raghuraman Kannan Receive Honor

Steve Wyatt, Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, Dr. James Cook, Dr. James Stannard and Dr. Kattesh Katti pose for a photo after Cook was inducted into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute. (Photo: Justin Kelley)

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Steve Wyatt, Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, Dr. Raghuraman Kannan, Dr. Elizabeth Loboa and Dr. Kattesh Katti pose for a photo after Kannan was inducted into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the MU School of Medicine (Photo: Justin Kelley)

By: Emily Russell

                Two MU faculty members were recently inducted into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors for their innovative ideas and brilliance in their fields.

                Dr. Raghuraman Kannan, of the MU School of Medicine, was inducted on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at a ceremony at the School of Medicine. Dr. James L. Cook, of the MU Department of Orthopedic Surgery, was inducted on Friday, Jan. 27 at a ceremony at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Jerry Parker and Dr. James Stannard nominated the inductees, respectively.

                Election into the NAI is a distinction given to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

                Kannan is the Michael J and Sharon R Bukstein Distinguished Chair of Cancer Research, Associate Professor of Radiology and Biological Engineering and the Associate Director for the Center for Micro Systems and Nanotechnology, all at the School of Medicine and College of Engineering. Through his nanomedicine research, he invented methods to make targeted nanoparticles to treat human tumors. He holds 10 U.S. patents, has 20 patents pending and has founded three startup companies.

                Cook is the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopedic Surgery, the director of the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopedics, chief of the research division at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute and director of operations and science for the Mizzou BioJoint℠ Center, all in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His research centers on osteoarthritis, tissue engineering and osteochondral graft preservation, and he has found a way to nearly triple the storage life of donor tissue for human biologic joint replacement surgeries.  He is listed on 16 patents and eight of his technologies are in clinical use in helping patients with orthopedic problems.

                Steve Wyatt, MU Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Economic Development, made remarks at both induction ceremonies. Wyatt was instrumental in organizing and initiating the Mizzou Chapter of NAI, established in 2015.

                “Innovation, based on new inventions and technologies, has proven to be a key factor in the industrial and economic development of the world,” Wyatt said.  “The support, encouragement and development of technology and innovation are also fundamental to the success of the University.”

                After Wyatt’s remarks at each ceremony, both honorees were inducted by Dr. Kattesh Katti, Distinguished Professor of Biological Engineering, Physics and Radiology and chairman of the Mizzou Chapter of NAI, and their respective Deans.  

                Kannan and Cook join James Birchler, Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, Shubra Gangopadhyay, Sheila Grant, Fred Hawthorne, Kattesh Katti, former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, Randy Prather, R. Michael Roberts and Peter Sutovsky, all founding members of the Mizzou Chapter of NAI. Two other members, Roger de la Torre and Peter Pfeifer were inducted in October 2016.

               The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.  The Mizzou Chapter currently has 7 NAI Fellows, with the newest member, Dr. Roger de la Torre, being selected for induction into the National Academy in April.

For more information about the Mizzou Chapter of NAI, please visit https://research.missouri.edu/otmir/nai/